Praised for its ‘deep understanding of the labour compliance of companies and a thorough knowledge of the country’s labour laws’, the sizable team of experts at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. handles the full range of labour, employment and social security matters and has the capacity to undertake complex mandates, including cross-border workforce restructuring and complex disputes and investigations. The practice boasts leading figures in a number of the firm's loacl offices. It is led by Monterrey-based partner Ricardo Castro, whose practice focuses primarily on strategic labour planning and individual and collective labour litigation. Alfonso Garcia-Lozano (also in Monterrey) has a strong focus -and extensive expertise- regarding the tax implications of labour matters (including outsourcing); while Salvador Pasquel, who is ‘outstanding in every aspect’; ‘social security expert’ Ma. Del Rosario Lombera-Gonzalez; and Javiera Medina, who specializes in the transfer of workers in business restructurings, employee benefits and corporate compliance, all operate from the Mexico City office. Rene X Perez-Ruiz in Tijuana, completes the roster of primary practice partners. Carlos R Martin Del Campo and Liliana Hernández, in Tijuana and Mexico City respectively, are additional names to note. Former partner Manuel Limón retired in June 2020.
Labour and employment in Mexico
Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.
‘They have a deep understanding of the labour compliance of companies and a thorough knowledge of the country’s labour laws. In-depth knowledge of labour matters and full availability’
‘Always efficient in identifying the necessities of our operation, Baker has provided us with a strong business oriented advisory with a great sense in identifying and managing risks and from different legal areas’
‘Baker’s five locations within the Mexican territory also allows them to provide with the direct insight opinion, considering local practices. Moreover, being the largest law firm in the world allows them to provide us not only with the best advice from a local legal aspect, but with the best practices that other international companies are implementing worldwide’
‘Salvador Pasquel has been absolutely superb for us. Concise and practical. He has more than 25 years of experience but always is ahead in terms of new trends and best labor practices. Outstanding in every aspect’
‘Maria Rosario Lombera is the social security expert with a great knowledge in labour and tax issues. Reliable and always responsive and its always good to find a female partner in a Mexican law firm’
- Advised in reviewing inter-company personnel services agreements, as well as those executed with third party vendors to determine actions to be taken in case the draft bill issued by the President of Mexico to prohibit outsourcing is passed.
- Assisted Siemens with the sale of one of its manufacturing lines in Jalisco, including harmonization of benefits, analysis of the pension plans applicable to unionized and non-unionized employees and negotiation with the Union.
- Assisted in closing operations throughout all of Mexico, involving the closing of 48 stores with different formats located in 18 states.
Accomplished full-service firm Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. is a longstanding market presence and enjoys a predominant position in the labour and employment arena. It houses a practice group over 30 lawyers-strong who operate from the León, Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro offices and handle the full range of labour and social security mandates, including labour consulting, restructurings and transfers, lay-offs, collective negotiation, litigation, and day-to-day issues and strategy, among other matters. Senior partner, Jorge De Presno – the ‘star of the team’ – has a focus on collective and individual labour matters and employment and social security law; he co-heads the team with Alvaro Gonzalez (in Monterrey), who specialises on labour planning and consultancy, as well as labour strategies. Key support comes from senior associates Luis Álvarez, whose practice encompasses labour consulting and litigation, and Alejandro Hernández, who excels at handling labour audits as well as on collective bargaining agreements and strike procedures. The firm strengthened the practice further in May 2021 with the hire of David Puente-Tostado from Sánchez Devanny; he joined as partner at the Monterrey office and has extensive experience in collective bargaining in general but specifically in the electrical and automotive industries, as well as in individual, collective and social security-related litigation.
Jorge De Presno; Alvaro Gonzalez
‘Deep knowledge of the labor law in Mexico. Their response time is outstanding.’
‘The star of the team is Jorge de Presno.’
‘It is a team of high legal technical efficiency, very focused on customer service, with good disposition and assertiveness. Kindness, excellent attention, availability in time and form.’
Legrand / Bticino
Bank of America
Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI)
Tenneco Automotive Operating Company
Omnicom Media Group
- Representing Barclays Bank in on-going litigation brought by former Lehman Brothers employees in Mexico claiming a surrogate employment relationship with Barclays deriving from the purchase of the assets of Lehman by Barclays after Lehman filed for bankruptcy.
- Assisted Bticino de Mexico in the employment termination process of its General Manager.
- Representing Nacional Financiera in a lawsuit brought by the heirs of a deceased service provider of a multimillion-dollar trust of Nacional Financiera, by which they claim rights as if said individual had been an employee.
Stellar boutique Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL) is one of the top practices in the country in the labour sphere. Long at the forefront in this, its specialist sector, the sizeable team of over 60 lawyers regularly handles complex, sensitive and strategic labor and employment matters, ranging from high-profile disputes and collective bargaining to transactional labour matters and corporate labour restructuring. Particularly renowned for its litigation skills, having represented several clients before the Supreme Court of Justice, as well as well as having being called as expert witness in international arbitration cases. The six-partner team – which is a leading referral destination for corporate law firms lacking a labour and employment offering – is headed by specialists Héctor González Graf, who focuses on the labour aspects of corporate transactions and -particularly- restructurings; seasoned litigator Santiago Marván Urquiza; and Nelson Guerrero Robles, who focuses on labour disputes and transactional advice. Other active members of the practice include partners Emilio Israel Garzón Juárez and Cristian Jesús Lamas Peregrina, who are known for their litigation prowess, and associates Oscar Alberto Bojorge and Paulina Mendietta. Since publication, contentious labour specialist José Genaro Pérez Velázquez , who heads up the firm's Guadalajara office, has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2022.
Héctor González; Santiago Marván and Nelson Guerrero
‘The care provided by the team is first class.
Always providing practical solutions and consulting strategies and activities with the company at all times.
Reports are shared in a timely manner. Customer service. Availability. Communication.
High knowledge of the subject.
Communications and updates are shared by digital media regarding impact issues.‘
‘I highlight the extensive knowledge and excellent attitude of Lic. Nelson Guerrero.‘
‘In my experience there is good knowledge about the different laws, as well as updates on them. Very good level of response in general, with agility, openness and good support. Their technical knowledge, their openness to looking for alternatives and solutions (they are not as closed as other firms). I see them as having sensitivity towards the business and its needs and not as theoretical as others. The attention is very close, very agile. Various means of contact and, in general, a good disposition to attend to the urgent matters of the company.‘
‘MGGL meets the needs of us as customers in an extraordinary way. Always available, with timely help and with an almost immediate response to our requirements. Closeness, fast response and easy access -they’re available all the time. Qualities: deep knowledge of the material, updated, prepared, objective and correct advice, follow-up from beginning to end on the subjects.‘
‘The firm has extensive experience, technical knowledge and great coverage throughout the country. It is the best labour office we have. All members of the firm are attentive, trained, professional, highly ethical and timely in requests for information. They use technology to their advantage and are easily accessible; the lawyers travel immediately to any part of the country to attend to the Bank’s affairs as necessary.‘
‘They are experts in labour law. Their attention is unique and they always exceed expectations.‘
‘Nelson Guerrero is an expert in general labour law, unions, etc. and his experience has favoured our projects. He’s always available.‘
‘Paulina Mendietta, is the most qualified labour lawyer I know and her knowledge and practicality in individual labour law have made the company have the perfect fulfillment of its obligations up to date.’
‘They were the first to migrate to an out-of-office service delivery that didn’t feel like one. Since before the contingency they had good video call systems and punctual attention without the need for face-to-face meetings.‘
‘The follow-up on each’ of the cases and the personalised attention. They are experts in the labour area and that gives us a lot of security as a company to hire their Services. Expertise and personalised treatment.‘
‘They are very expeditious and clear with their collection processes.‘
Royal & Sun Alliance/SURA
Santamarina y Steta‘s market-leading labour and employment practice, sits ‘at forefront of the latest labour issues’ in Mexico. Operating from its offices in Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro, the firm fields a 21-strong team ‘with great knowledge and expertise in the labour area’, and which provides high-level expertise regarding transactional matters, collective bargaining agreements, health and safety, social security and litigation. Fronting the department are Juan Carlos de la Vega, a seasoned practitioner in the field; Andrés Rodríguez, who is lauded for his ‘great expertise in labour matters’; and Francisco Udave, who is experienced in handling high-profile cases filed by top executives and gains praise for his ability to ‘articulate the complexities associated with his practice with great clarity’. They are closely supported by counsel Álvaro Álvarez, who specialises in collective and individual labour matters, both advisory and contentious; Queretaro-based senior associate Víctor Hugo Coria and associate Raquel Ortiz in Monterrey.
Juan Carlos de la Vega; Andrés Rodríguez; Francisco Udave
‘They have partners with great knowledge and expertise in the labour area. Partners Andrés Rodríguez and Francisco Udave, as well as Víctor Coria, are very complete, professional lawyers with great expertise in labour matters.’
‘Santamarina is a solid labour law firm with very competitive fees.’
‘They understand the ins-and-outs of labour law and respond in an efficient time.’
‘Excellent service. They have a great understanding of the client’s needs, the risks involved and the alternative solutions. Professional and proactive. Francisco Udave is a lawyer who can articulate the complexities associated with his practice with great clarity. He is always able to propose agile, efficient and solid solutions.’
‘They are at forefront of the latest labour issues. The firm knows the particularities of the business and provides ad-hoc legal solutions in record time. They are always available and committed to the company.’
‘The firm has a group of very experienced lawyers who execute very well but above all help us to understand the implications of labour law in all aspects.’
Teksid Hierro de Mexico
General Motors de México
Home Depot Mexico
- Representing The Home Depot in a union conflict against a national union, CROC, which could affect nearly 50 stores in 12 Mexican states.
- Represents Teksid Hierro de México in a claim in which the National Mining Union is demanding recognition as the representative of the majority of employees and therefore party to the collective bargaining agreement and process.
- Representing and assisting Pfizer in almost 30 law suits (this year); the firm also represented the company in a strike notice process, that was ultimately rejected by the labour authorities.
Founded in 2016 by market veterans Óscar de La Vega and Ricardo Martínez Rojas, boutique firm De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C., has rapidly established its market credentials and relevancy, thanks to a specialised practice that handles the gamut of labour and employment matters, including compensation and benefits, and social security. Mexico’s L&E Global employers’ counsel alliance member-firm, the practice also houses a specific team dedicated to immigration matters. The substantial team (of around 50 lawyers) is praised by significant corporate clients from the automotive, retail, aviation and financial sectors for its deep knowledge of labour and in- /out-bound migratory matters, including day-to-day advice, litigation, collective bargaining, and social security. De la Vega (well regarded for his skills in collective negotiations and litigation), and Martínez Rojas (who specialises in social security), head the group which includes other notable names including immigration expert Edgar Mayorga; seasoned labour litigator Enrique García Conde; and Luis Rolando Santos, who focuses on both individual and collective disputes. Key support is provided by senior associates Héctor de la Cruz, Jimena Sánchez, José María Galindo and Adrián Castillo.
Oscar De la Vega; Ricardo Martinez Rojas
‘Within the labour branch they have diversification of services being able to cover various aspects of their clients. Their experience makes them assertive and efficient.’
‘They have very experienced lawyers who know all the union and company leaders. Oscar de la Vega and Ricardo Martinez are very well known lawyers in all labour circles in Mexico, which is an added value for any conflict that may arise.’
‘They provide great assistance in immigration matters for the hiring of foreigners at the national level, and have offices in key cities in Mexico. Experience and knowledge are their great qualities. Edgar Mayorga has more than 20 years of experience in immigration matters and has the ability to anticipate potential problems in order to avoid them or minimize their effects.’
‘They have extensive experience in the field. Some of them have more than 20 years of experience and the average of the team is 15 years of experience.’
‘Rolando Santos has extensive experience in litigation and consultancy for large companies. Óscar de la Vega is a major consultant in the international arena and has a great influence in the labour environment in Mexico.’
‘The firm has all the specialised areas required at the corporate level, with highly capable lawyers who have always given me favourable results. Hector de la Cruz has incredible judgement, attentiveness, friendliness, as well as being an expert in union matters.’
‘The team is a loyal, professional, and business oriented.’
‘They are committed and punctual in their commitments. Their strong point is that they have a great ability to perceive weaknesses and have a high level of expertise in the labour area.’
Holcim Mexico (LafargeHolcim)
Uniformes de San Luis
VF Corporation (Wrangler)
Grupo Modelo (InBev)
Continental Llantera Potosina (Continental Tire)
- Provided legal advice on the collective negotiations between the Asociación de Pilotos Aviadores (ASPA) and Grupo Aeroméxico, in order to restructure the airline’s collective contracts with pilots and aircrew.
- Represented Volkswagen in the negotiation of the revision of a collective bargaining agreement during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as in the negotiation of the payment of additional employees’ profit sharing.
- Assisted Nissan with litigation derived from 18 claims regarding ownership of the company’s collective bargaining agreement( covering its three plants in Aguascalientes), an which was disputed by a new union.
Well-coordinated, fast and efficient, Hogan Lovells‘ Mexican labour practice is a 14-strong ‘team of brilliant experts’, lauded by some as being the ‘best business partners’. The department has a solid track record advising clients from a broad range of industries and undertakes corporate labour support as well as representation on individual and collective disputes before both federal and local conciliation and arbitration boards. It is led by experienced duo, Hugo Hernandez-Ojeda, who specialises in labour litigation, collective bargaining and employment restructuring; and market veteran Luis Ruiz Gutiérrez, who handles consultancy and litigation, both individual and collective, including discrimination issues. Counsels Luis Adrián Rosas Ortega and Mary Carmen Fuertes, who focus primarily on litigation and consultancy, respectively, are other names to note. Since publication, Fuertes has been raised to the partnership - effective as of January 2022.
Hugo Hernández-Ojeda Alvírez; Luis Ruiz Gutiérrez
‘They are a team of brilliant experts, very well coordinated, fast and efficient. Without a doubt they stand out above the rest of the firms.’
‘Hugo Hernández-Ojeda is not only a legal support, but a true partner for labour issues. Luis Rosas and Luis Ruiz also collaborate with us.’
‘During the pandemic they have helped us manage files, trials, as well as meetings and negotiations, in an efficient manner. In addition, they have an information channel for clients in which they constantly send us legislative developments in the country.’
‘They are the best business partners. Their ethics, preparation and professionalism is unmatched, especially that of Hugo Hernandez Ojeda, Mary Carmen Fuertes and Arturo Tiburcio.’
‘They are always at the forefront without losing the formality required to represent our company.’
Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España
Ford Motor Company
Bacardi & Co
Coca Cola FEMSA
Patron Spirits Mexico
Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ)
- Representation of Iberia during the annual revision of its collective bargaining agreement; along with the negotiation, preparation and implementation of furlough protocols related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Advised CDPQ on the restructuring of its internal labour and employment procedures in order to reduce labour risks for its Mexican operation.
- Advised Ford Motor Company on the restructuring of its internal labour and employment procedures in order to reduce labour risks for its Mexican operation.
Operating from its offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, specialist international labour firm Littler Mexico fields an 18-strong department which handles the full spectrum of employment matters, both contentious and advisory, and earns praise for thinking ‘creatively’ as well as for its ‘great knowledge of all aspects of Mexican employment and labour law’. Managing partner and skilled litigator León Rodriguez heads the department and is particularly noted for his ability in expatriate labour disputes. Fellow partner Mónica Schiaffino handles restructuring, collective bargaining, employee compliance policy reviews, internal labour regulations; pension plans and compliance; while partner David Leal heads up the social security and administrative procedures practices. Partner Tania Terrazas and senior associate Estefania Rueda, both of whom focus on labour advisory, compensation and benefits, provide additional depth and key support. Since publication, the firm has opened a third Mexico office in Saltillo, Coahuilla - effective as of January 2022.
‘Great knowledge of all aspects of Mexican employment and labour law. Good understanding of multi-national business.’
‘Able to assess risk and provide practical business advice and think creatively.’
‘Monica Schiaffino, Leon Rodriguez, David Leal Gonzalez, all have excellent understanding of Mexican law and international companies. They provide timely and solid advice without overstating risk.’
Following their May-2020 merger, the resultant Mowat – Deloitte, has very much become a force to be reckoned with - certainly, with around 50 professionals- in terms of size, but also since (in the words of a client), it has 'become a comprehensive law firm'. Operating from the offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Los Cabos (Baja California Sur), the team has unmatched expertise in dealing with unions and is regularly involved in highly complex negotiations, while also maintaining a solid reputation for advisory on collective and individual labour, employment and social security issues. Highlighted practitioners on the team include: German de la Garza De Vecchi, who specialises in the design, preparation and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, and has a ‘knowledge of labour law like no other’; Claudio Marroquin Mowat, who handles individual and collective labour conflicts; Octavio Novaro Holguin; and Victor Manuel Avila Estudillo, who undertakes individual labour matters as well as in individual and collective labour consulting.
Germán De La Garza De Vecchi
‘Octavio Novaro is an excellent lawyer with expertise in labour law.’
‘After the merger with Deloitte they have become a comprehensive law firm. They are truly experts in the field and provide impeccable quality service, always going the extra mile.’
‘Germán de la Garza is an extraordinary lawyer with an availability and spirit of total support and help, creative, with a knowledge of labour law like no other, friendly and a real pleasure to work with.’
‘They have a lot of experience and a very high degree of knowledge of labour matters.’
‘German de la Garza is always available and seeks to adapt to the needs of his clients. He is well connected in the labour court system and well known in the field.’
Toyota Tsucho Corporation Mexico
Disney – ESPN – Fox
- Advised Productos Mondelez on the negotiation of a collective labour agreement at the company’s Salinas Victoria plant in the state of Nuevo Leon.
- Advised Orifalme on a collective bargaining agreement.
- Undertook the negotiation of Toyota Tsucho Corporation’s collective labour agreement with its union.
Sánchez Devanny‘s labour, social security and immigration practice garners praise for its ‘deep labour knowledge’ and its ‘very professional and respectful approach towards clients’, as well as for the lawyers' ‘excellent negotiation skills and networking with labour authorities and unions’. The practice is led by Mexico City-based partner Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez, whose ‘level of knowledge and qualities are superior to most’, and who regularly advises clients -particularly from the energy, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors- on union negotiations, planning for new and existing investments in efficient labour structures, executive transfers and terminations, and labour litigation. Key support comes from senior associate Fermin Lecumberri-Cano, who is especially experienced in union negotiations and litigation regarding collective labour matters. However, former Monterrey-based partner David Puente-Tostado moved to Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. in May 2021.
‘Deep labour knowledge, very professional and respectful approach towards their clients, excellent negotiation skills and networking with labor authorities and unions.’
‘They always look for for pragmatic solutions and stay abreast of new regulations and different dynamics in the market.’
‘Alfredo Kupfer is a very experienced partner, his level of knowledge and qualities are superior to most.’
- Assisted Ikea with the opening of its first store in Mexico, which included advice on the process whereby employees will freely select the union they want under the rules established in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
- Assisted Nissan on the design and execution of the company’s new home-office policy, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Assisted the FCA in complex negotiations with the union holding the collective bargaining agreements covering over 18,000 workers at its nine work sites in the country.
Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. boasts a 13-strong practice, lauded for being a ‘great team with strategic and useful thinking, that adjusts to the needs of each client’. Steering the department, Francisco Peniche handles a mix of corporate support and standalone labour matters including advice on collective bargaining agreements, compensation schemes, training and litigation. Recent highlights saw him being summoned by both the Mexican Senate and Chamber of Representatives to comment on the legal implications of a structural reform to Mexico's Federal Labour Law regarding the subcontracting of personnel. Senior associates Julio Alvarez, who handles the coordination of transactional labour matters, and Alicia Abúndez (in Monterrey), who handles all the firm's social security-related matters, are also noted.
‘A great team with strategic and useful thinking, that adjusts to the needs of each client. Francisco Peniche is very easy to work with. He understands well what we need, responds on time, adjusts to the needs of each situation, as does Julio Alvarez.’
‘They are our trusted law firm. Francisco Peniche has a level of expertise above the rest, in addition to a great service and promptness of response.’
‘The fact that they keep us informed about reforms or notes of interest in the labour world is an added value.’
Apollo Global Management
Willis Towers Watson
- Francisco Peniche was summoned by both the Mexican Senate and the Chamber of Representatives to comment on the legal implications of a structural reform to Mexico’s Federal Labour Law regarding the subcontracting of personnel.
- Advised Apollo Global Management on the employment matters associated with a $1bn financing extended to Mexican airline Aeroméxico.
- Advised Willis Towers Watson on the design and implementation of the harmonisation process of the significantly distinct compensation packages of five different legal entities with numerous different compensation categories, which involved approximately 300 employees scattered nationwide.
Veteran full-service firm EC Rubio – currently celebrating 50 years in the market – fields an experienced team of 16 professionals (six of whom are partners) which boasts a notable footprint in some of the most active industrial regions in the country, thanks to its six offices located in Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, Queretaro, Irapuato, Chihuahua, and Puebla. Jointly led by Isaac Corral-Manjarrez and seasoned labour specialists Perla Arreola and Javier Canseco, the practice provides a full-spectrum labour offering to its clients – particularly multinationals in the industrial, manufacturing and maquiladora sectors. With a notable focus on planning, prevention, advisory and trade union issues, as well as litigation, the team includes a number of other partners, key amongst them Ana María Becerra, who handles preventive and regulatory matters, and skilled litigator Roberto Alvarez-Malo. Also showing good litigation skills, senior associates Elisa Cortés del Castillo and Eduardo Cortés are additional names to note.
Javier Canseco; Perla Arreola; Isaac Corral
‘The predisposition and practicality of the team when it comes to solving problems is of enormous added value for the business and sets them apart from other firms.’
‘Javier Canseco transmits serenity, a sense of practical order and confidence, well above average. The team is distributed in offices throughout the country which gives it optimal coverage for companies with presence in multiple jurisdictions.’
‘High level of knowledge of its lawyers.’
Natividad Abogados SC
With over 40 years' market-presence, well-regarded boutique Natividad Abogados SC is best known for its profile and expertise in labour litigation, but otherwise handles matters such as labour audits and strategies, as well as collective disputes and individual labour litigation, along with social security matters and associated administrative litigation. Founding partner Tomás Natividad Sánchez and social security expert Tomás J Natividad enjoy excellent reputations, while Oscar Larios is also strongly recommended for collective labour law.
Tomás Natividad Sánchez
Boutique firm Pizá Abogados offers clients a solid, 24-strong practice that has earned recognition for its strong capabilities in labour litigation and consultancy. Fronting the ‘multidisciplinary team’ is managing partner Gabriel Pizá Avilés, who specialises in high-risk litigaiton - be it individual or collective; the head of the labour consultancy practice group, Enrique Ballesteros Alvarado; and 30-year veteran Alejandro Díaz Fernández, who is highlighted for being an ‘excellent litigator, with broad criteria and innovative strategies’. Closely supported by younger partner Susana Flores Verlón, the department -which is a regular advisor for clients from the financial and the food and beverage industries- also handles labour compliance, the labour aspects of transactional operations, and matters related to audits, inspections and outsourcing.
Gabriel Pizá Avilés; Enrique Gustavo Ballesteros; Alejandro Díaz
‘A multidisciplinary team, with solid legal knowledge, that seeks at all times to satisfy the client’s needs with high ethical and legal standards.’
‘Gabriel Pizá: professional excellence in every sense of the word, expert in trade union and labour matters, brilliant analytical skills and excellent client service. Enrique Ballesteros: excellent lawyer, with solid knowledge, personalized attention for labour consultancy and great attitude towards the client. Alejandro Díaz: excellent litigator, with broad criteria and innovative strategies. Susana Flores: brilliant lawyer, solid experience and extensive knowledge in the labour field.’
‘Gabriel Piza and Alejandro Díaz are agile and have a business and entrepreneurial vision.’
‘Punctual analysis regarding the most relevant issues in the labor field.’
‘Excellent attention and direct communication from its founding partner. Gabriel Piza personally attends to all client communications and queries.’
The Coca-Cola Export Corporation
Boehringer Ingelheim Mexico
Willis Towers Watson
Puma México Sport
American Express Mexico
Geodis Wilson México
Energold de México
Daimler Financial Services México
Ogilvy & Mather
Mindshare de México
IGT Lottery México
Sandvik de México
- Assisted WPP with labour and legal strategies designed to maitain its activities and business in relation to the Covid-19 crisis.
- Assisted Pricewaterhousecoopers to comply with all sanitary and health measures derived from Covid-19; along with legal assistance and strategies for the physical return of 4,000 employees to the firm’s facilities.
- Assisted Johnson Controls with agreements between the parties in order to temporarily modify employees’ labor conditions os as to ensure operability during the Covid-10 pandemic.
Jump-started in 2019, Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa's young practice is rapidly becoming better known in labour circles, regularly acting for domestic and international companies and individuals on all aspects of labour, employment, social security and benefits laws, as well as litigation. The team is headed by Rafael Vallejo, who focuses on corporate labour consulting, structures, employee transfers and other related issues such as global mobility matters. Mayeli Cabral – a partner since January 2021 – is more focused on the litigation side of the practice and also has experience regarding the new remote-working regulations. The practice's second line features senior associates Miguel Ángel Cantú, who heads the Monterrey office’s advisory-focused labour practice; and Juan José Soto Arias, area director in Querétaro, who splits his practice between consulting and litigation. Given the firm's enormous standing in the tax sector, the team is also particularly well-placed to advise regarding the tax implications of any labour issue.
Rafael Vallejo Gil
‘Great out-of-the-box thinking, long term vision, and always updated.’
‘Rafael Vallejo excellent lawyer with a great ability to understand business needs, not only labour, and to ensure the continuity of the business even in such difficult times as the pandemic and its restrictions.’
Siemens Mexico and Siemens Healthcare
Coca Cola Company
- Assisted with the labour aspects of the merger between Improving (USA) and Itexico (Mexico) – involving due diligence, elaboration of required documentation, etc.
- Assisted LMI Aerospace with the reopening of the company subsequent to its closure due to Covid-19 regulations.
- Advised on the internal restructure of the manufacturing operation of Siemens Energy plant and carve out, involving (among other matters), a thorough due diligence and a workforce transfer from Siemens Mexico to Siemens Energy.
Hailed for offering ‘excellence in service and personalised attention’ and for always going ‘beyond what is requested’, Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. houses a robust practice led by principal associate Gerardo Valencia. In addition to a solid litigation background, Varela's expertise includes the design and implementation of strategies that enable companies to avoid employment-related liabilities, negotiation of union contracts, advising on the transfer of employees and strike negotiations. Key support for the practice is provided by corporate partners Azucena Marín and Hugo Cuesta; and associates Sandra Chávez and Karla Jiménez, who both assist on advisory mandates.
‘Gerardo Valencia is always up to date and provides a quality service. Warmth in treatment, excellence in service and personalized attention. They go beyond what is requested.’
‘They put the client’s interests above their own personal interests; that is to say: when they advise you they will tell you the best strategy for you regardless of the fact that with another strategy they can generate more money.’
‘Gerardo Valencia is without a doubt one of the best advisors we have had, his opinions are accurate and punctual. Sandra Chavez is an excellent lawyer, with a lot of initiative and great negotiation skills.’
‘The level of knowledge is high, the sense of urgency for attention is excellent, working with the Cuesta Campos team is very easy.’
‘They have adapted very well to the changes in the labour sector, they provide you with tools according to your needs to make the process of adaptation easier.’
‘Extremely trustworthy. Azucena Marin and Gerardo Valencia have been real partners to our business. They bend over backwards to ensure they are providing top services.’
American Standard (Lixil)
- Advised Hella on the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement in its facilities across Mexican territory.
- Legal advisor to Compas regaring the compliance analysis and verification of Chapter 23, of the United States–Mexico–Canada (USMCA) Agreement.
- Advised Showa on compliance regarding health and safety programs and protocols, and on the design and draft of documents required to comply with work inspections by the Ministry of Economy.
Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC
Highly-regarded boutique firm Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC operates from its offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancún and León. National and international clients benefit from its healthy mix of services (including training programs), as well as support with collective bargaining agreements, social security, anti-corruption measures, and litigation. The three-partner team includes founding partner and labour veteran, Luis Díaz Mirón, along with Luis Enrique Díaz Mirón and Juan Jose Díaz Mirón.
Luis Díaz Mirón
Launched in January 2020, employment boutique Ferran Martinez Abogados continues to draw attention from the market and garner praise from clients, especially thanks to its young but experienced managing partner, Carlos Ferrán Martínez, who is regarded as an ‘extraordinary litigator’ and ‘the present and the future of labour law in Mexico’. The practice, which ‘takes advantage of technology for communication purposes’, includes a number of other key practitioners, notably Venezuela-qualified of counsel Ana Cecilia Gerson, who has particular expertise in international and comparative labour law, as well as Mexican employment legislation. It assists national and multinational companies with contracting, terminations, employee transfers, collective negotiations and policy, along with labour audits and compensation plan matters; as well as individual and collective labour litigation, amparos, strike procedures and inspections. Since publication the team has been further strengthened with the January-2022 hire of Alix Trimmer -formerly of Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC– as a partner; her labour practice also reaches into executive compensation and benefits, and social security matters.
Carlos Ferran Martínez
‘We feel very supported by the firm in any and all litigation matters. They really take advantage of technology for communication purposes, keep us updated, while providing us with great results in litigation. Carlos Ferran Martínez is an extraordinary litigator, always close in order to set up the best possible strategy and a true leader in labour and employment matters. Our experience is always great.’
‘The strong point they have is their constant updating on labour issues, they are undoubtedly one of the best law firms specialised in labour matters.’
‘They are super technological’.
‘The plus is that they are young, from the partner to the trainees, they are people who are eager, who work hard and are committed to the matters and always make you feel that your matter is the most important.’
‘The represent the new era of labour and employment in Mexico.’
‘The firm is a true reflection of managing partner, Carlos Ferran Martínez, a leading individual who represents a new and disruptive generation of labour and employment. He is extremely strategic, ethical and a fast thinker.’
‘It is a law firm of the highest technical and client service level. Ferran Martínez Abogados can easily qualify as the “top of the top” in labour law firms.’
‘Carlos Ferran is the present and the future of labour law in Mexico.’
Dow Chemical Company
Clifton Larson Allen
- Advised with labour, employment, compliance and social security aspects, to ensure that company was in the strictest compliance terms regarding all recent labour and employment reforms.
- Represented Cibanco during a high-risk litigation including alleged discrimination and potential wrongful termination matters. Litigation ended up with client free from charges.
- Advised and litigated regarding a call for strike for the company. The negociated with the Union, while leaving them with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Following its mid-year merger with the former Thompson & Knight LLP, Holland & Knight has been reorganising, not least in its Mexico City office. One result has been the promotion of former senior counsel and labour practice head, Leslie Palma , to the partnership in August 2021. An experienced figure, Palma has 20 years’ corporate labour expertise, including individual and collective procedures and labour due diligence; she leads on all labour mandates. The 10-strong team’s recent caseload incudes the labour aspects of transactional operations (including employee transfers), labour-law compliance audits, restructuring processes, labour litigation and payroll and incentivisation matters. Key support comes from associates Claudia González, Karla Copka and Jorge Andazola. However, since publication, Palma has moved to Greenberg Traurig, S.C. to head-up the labour practice at the firm’s Mexico office, taking her entire team with her.
- Ongoing representation of PepsiCo Group in labour litigation throughout the country, as welll as assistance to the company regarding the design of a corporate restructure.
- Advised PepsiCo Group on the carrying out of significant collective terminations totalling 1000 cases to date.
- Day-to-day advice on all aspects of labour law and human-resource matters to a variety of clients including Comercializadora Soriana, CSRA, Novonordisk and Maque Mexicana.
Maillard Abogados Laborales
Founded in 1983, specialised labour boutique firms Maillard Abogados Laborales boasts a full-service offering that includes labour, social security, benefits and compensations and union negotiation. Particularly reputed for its handling of contentious mandates, the team includes notable practitioners César Maillard Cárdenas, the firm’s deputy director who has a solid track record in litigation and union negotiations; seasoned founding partner César Maillard Canudas; Ary Argumedo, who heads the litigation practice and is particularly skilled in amparo proceedings; Evelin Palma García, head of consulting, inspection and auditing; and Raúl Maillard. Also noteworthy is the firm’s profile and renown among Japanese clients thanks to its dedicated desk led by Hiroshi Kawagoe.
César Maillard Cárdenas; César Maillard Canudas
‘It is undoubtedly the best team in the country.’
‘They are highly trained and their level of competence is superior to that of other law firms.’
‘The partners have areas of expertise that other firms do not have, for example the area of labour inspection that Evelyn Palma has, as well as the area of collective or trade union law with its specialists Raul Maillard and Cesar Maillard, who have extensive knowledge in the field.’
‘Ary Argumedo and Cesar Maillard Cardenas are excellent litigators.’
‘Evelyn Palma is an expert on labour inspections at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and I rate her as outstanding.’
‘They are very professional, highly trained and experienced, always results oriented.’
‘They continuously prepare informative reports on current labour issues and/or important changes in labour laws.’
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Corporación Renovable de México (Heólicos del Istmo)
Grupo Traxion (MYM)
- Represented the Mexican Soccer Federation (FEMEXFUT), which was sued by a group of more than 54 referees who alledged that they were employees of said federation.
With offices in León, Torreón and Mexico City, boutique firm Roel Abogados has three decades' market experience and offers a broad range of services including labour diagnostics (and compliance), ongoing advice and representation, collective matters, migration and employment law support on corporate transactions. Senior partner Jorge Enrique Roel, along with current president of the labour commission of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), Torreón-based labour practice director Lorenzo Roel Hernández, are the key contacts.
Jorge Enrique Roel
Specialist labour litigator Alejandro Nila Rosales, who has top-notch expertise regarding collective bargaining agreements and union affairs, along with employee benefits and executive separations, heads the four-strong department at Sainz Abogados. The practice covers a wide range of litigious and regulatory matters, including undertaking complex litigation involving individuals and/or trade unions, as well as social security and workers’ housing-fund matters. A second line comprised of associates Omar Zayas and José Alberto Martínez provide strong support.
‘They have extensive experience in highly complex labour litigation. Alejandro Nila, partner in charge of the group, is very competent when it comes to structuring a complex defence. His vast experience allows him to handle the procedural timelines of a trial in a great way. His preparation for oral hearings is noteworthy. Flexibility when structuring fees.’
- Representing Puratos in challenging a resolution issued by the Mexico’s social security body, IMSS, resolving to increase the hazards premium, thereby increasing employers’ costs.
- Represented CarVal Investors in labour litigation brought by its former General Manager.
- Advising Delta Airlines regarding the termination of the unionized employees.
Boasting a six-strong ‘diverse and inclusive’ labor and employment practice, which ‘exceeds expectations and is a cut above other firms’, Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC specializes in collective matters, the labour aspects of transactional operations, strategic advice and litigation, along with -increasingly- labour-related anti-corruption and compliance. Partner Rodolfo Trampe, an expert in the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements for expats, officers and other employees, heads the team together with experienced corporate partner Javier Lizardi. Senior associate Alix Trimmer, lauded for offering a ‘first class service’, participates in the executive compensation and benefits, labour and employment advice and litigation, and social security sub-practices.
Rodolfo Trampe; Javier Lizardi
‘Rodolfo’s team exceeds expectations and is a cut above other firms’
‘Rodolfo Trampe, Alix Trimmer and Alejandro Perez are always very attentive and attentive to the needs of the company. In addition to being very warm, their approach to the client is extraordinary’
‘Both Rodolfo Trampe and Alix Trimmer provide first class service’
‘Von Woberser’s service in labour matters is always practical and accurate’
‘Working with Rodolfo Trampe and Javier Lizardi I have received an excellent service suitable for large companies with a fast pace of work. The trust generated over the years is incomparable, their service is personalized and very friendly’
‘They are always available 24/7 and go above and beyond what is expected’
‘The legal advice from Rodolfo Trampe and his team has been spectacular. Rodolfo Trampe is an excellent lawyer, he always finds the answer to the legal problems we present to him. His team is diverse and inclusive’
‘Alix Trimmer maintains the level of excellence, she is known for handling employment terminations correctly and defending the client’s interests in the event of a lawsuit with creative and successful criteria’
Turner & Townsend
Smurfit Kappa México
Anheuser Busch InBev /Grupo Modelo
- Assisted Takata de Mexico with the verifciation of the employment, social security and health and safety conditions of the company in order for it to be sold.
- Undertook labour procedures before the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare so that the client – an international manufacturing company – would be considered an essential company.
- Reviewed the employment, social security and health and safety conditions of the company and its services subsidiaries in order for it to be acquired.
Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC's six-strong practice stands out for its solid track record advising on the labour aspects of transactional operations, collective mandates, strategic advice and litigation, and has a particular expertise within the consumer goods and automotive consumer goods industries. Recent work highlights included acting for Takata, on verifying the employment, social security and health and safety conditions of the company in order for it to be sold. Partner Rodolfo Trampe, who is an expert in the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements, as well as in handling termination of employment relationship of executives and employees and collective bargaining agreements, heads the department, closely supported by senior associate Alix Trimmer, who brings in additional key expertise to the practice.
‘The team of attorneys at Von Wobeser y Sierra always keeps us informed about the reforms in order to begin planning their compliance. The explanations are always clear and the suggested action plans are characterized by being timely, conservative and preventive.‘
‘The main lawyer in labour matters is Rodolfo Trampe, who has the great advantage of understanding our business and being able to explain clearly and concisely both in Spanish and English.’
‘The Von Wobeser team that serves us has a high degree of efficiency, knows how to understand the reasons that each case in which they support us and this makes interaction easier.’
‘The Von Wobeser Team that attends us is made up of Katharina Roehr, Rodolfo Trampe, Alix Trimmer, mainly it should be clarified that we have had the support of other areas with specific topics where Cinthya Gonzalez, Diego Sierra, Sara Hardy and Jose Mario de la Garza stand out, all of them headed by Javier Lizardi. Von Wobeser has good work standards, they are nice to work with.‘
‘The Von Wobeser y Sierra team is very professional and up to date. Always giving adequate recommendations to the company and its line of business, seeking to provide the greatest benefit.’
‘The Von Wobeser y Sierra team in its labour department, made up of Rodolfo Trampe, Alix Trimmer, Eugenia Barrutia and Alejandro Perez are always very attentive and attentive to the needs of the company. They ask the necessary questions to understand the environment where we operate and thus be able to provide the best possible advice. In addition, they are always willing, they are very warm (despite being lawyers) and the focus on the client is extraordinary.’
‘They are always available to take urgent calls and their messages are simple and direct.‘
‘Working with Rodolfo Trampe and Javier Lizardi I have received an excellent service suitable for large companies that have a fast pace of work.‘
‘From my perspective and comparing them with similar services in Latin America they have a proactive service of the main local law issues.‘
‘Transparency, and clarity in communication, in addition to knowledge, newsletters of the main legal changes in the country.‘
‘Quick attention, follow-up, samples of deep knowledge on the subject, professionalism, good corporate practices. Rodolfo’s team exceeds expectations and is above other firms; Rodolfo Trampe (partner); Alix Trimmer (associate).’
The review and approval of the service notes and subsequent invoicing is very simple. Also because Rodolfo gets involved and makes sure that the billing is correct.’
‘Their practice of labour law is unique in the attention they give to inquiries, communication with the client, clarity in explaining strategies and constantly following up on matters. I have never had a need to look for a team from another firm. The legal advice I get from Rodolfo Trampe and his team has been spectacular.‘
‘Rodolfo Trampe Martínez is an excellent lawyer, he always finds the answer to the legal problems that we present to him. Dealing with the client is perfect, he and his entire team attach great importance to following up on matters and giving us updates on what is happening in the case and the next steps.‘
‘Von Wobeser y Sierra’s labour law team is diverse and inclusive. They work together, and it is clear that they communicate well with each other.’
‘It certainly compares favourably with teams from other firms. The treatment of the client, the priority and the level of technicality make them a strong team. Both Rodolfo Trampe and Alix Trimmer provide a first class service.‘
‘Without a doubt, their commitment to the client and their deep understanding of the business in addition to the legal issue makes them outstandings. They are a solid team headed by Rodolfo Trampe and their capacity and promptness of response are unbeatable. Always available 24/7 and more = b Beyond expectations! They are dedicated and, without a doubt, their legal knowledge is surprising, as they also have a general knowledge of other areas that make their advice really generate added value.‘
‘From my perspective and having worked with important law firms, Rodolfo Trampe and his team stand out on the issues that I have seen how they are consulting, compiling and labour and complex litigation.‘
Turner & Townsend
BMW Group (BMW de México, BMW SLP)
Smurfit Kappa México
Anheuser Busch InBev /Grupo Modelo
- Advised Takata on all labour, social securtiy and health aspects of the company’s Mexican companies and assets prior to their sale.
- Undertook procedures before the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare on behalf of multiple companies to ensure their classification as essential industries during the Covid pandemic so as to ensure their ongoing ability to operate during the crisis.
- Advised Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation on all employment and social security aspects of its acquisition of Krispy Kreme Mexico.
‘Excellent service’ and ‘complete knowledge about labour matters’ are just some of the accolades received by Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego's three-strong employment practice. The young team (which frequently works hand-in-hand with the firm's M&A practice), is led by partner Jaime Rodríguez Eguiarte and undertakes a broad range of services including labour due diligence processes, profit sharing, employer substitutions, and collective bargaining agreements and union negotiations, among other matters; it is also recommended for its compliance advice.
Jaime Rodriguez Eguiarte
‘The way in which they develop the strategy to reduce the risks and costs in this area, for example in the area of labour claims, stands out.’
‘The preparation and knowledge of the subject is excellent. They have supported us a lot during the pandemic, they have guided us to be in compliance during this time despite the situation. They guided us through the whole issue of the new telework law and thanks to them we were able to respond very quickly to comply with it.’
‘The team has extensive knowledge of collective bargaining and of course individual bargaining. Their great added value is the confidence that comes from being able to have negotiations under their advice, knowing that they are 100% reliable and professional.’
‘The attention we receive from partner Jaime Rodriguez is extraordinary, he is always available.’
‘Complete knowledge about labour matters. Excellent service, they keep you posted about the trials and issues so we are always aware and avoid surprises. The let us know ahead when we need prepare something specific for the trial so again we are never running. Jaime is very experienced in labor matters and even though he is a partner and head of the legal team he is always available and gives us great service.’
Universal Pictures Mexico
Mizuho Bank Mexico
Lottus Capital Fund
Agua de México
Sistemas Interactivos de Consultoría
Carrier Enterprise Mexico
- Advising Universal Pictures Mexico on day-to-day labour and employment matters.
- Assisting Mizuho Bank Mexico with day-to-day advice on labour and employment matters, including labour compliance.
- Advised Samurai Motors on the employment restructuring of its Mexico City, Puebla and Veracruz operations.
In 2017, department-head Claudio Jiménez De León (together with the entire team of his former labour boutique) joined Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes S.C., to boost the firm's labour and employment practice, which today is lauded as ‘undoubtedly one of the best teams specialised in labour matters in Mexico’. The 12-strong team attends a large client base, partly providing stand-alone labour advice and a solid, specialist litigation capability, and partly collaborating with the firm's top-tier transactional teams on the labour aspects of corporate and M&A work. In addition to Jiménez, whose expertise ranges from consultancy and individual/collective litigation to appeal proceedings (amparo); experienced associate Rodrigo Del Valle is another name to note.
Claudio Jiménez de León
‘The staff are outstanding. They are very skilled and true allies in the prevention and resolution of labour disputes.’
‘Claudio Jiménez de León has given us an extraordinary service during all the years we have been working with him. He attends to all our matters personally, regardless of the amount.’
‘They are undoubtedly one of the best teams specialized in labour matters in Mexico. They have a very deep knowledge of labour laws. Their advice is practical and tailored to the commercial realities of our clients.’
‘I would highlight their ability to manage matters, follow up on costs and fees in a transparent manner, and monitor litigation in its different procedural stages.’
‘Their willingness, positiveness, availability and the proactive way they look for solutions are qualities we value in our organisation. In our line of work they provide ongoing support of current matters related to our contracts and agreements.’
Becle (Grupo Cuervo)
Atlético de Madrid Potosí
Grupo ICA (Ingenieros Civiles Asociados)
Ica Fluor Daniel
- Advised regional data center company, Ascenty, on labour matters in relation to its arrival in Mexico.
- Advised Atlético de Madrid Potosí in relation to the drafting of special employment agreements entered into between the Club and its professional soccer players, coaching staff and administrative staff.
- Advising Transtelco on the labor and employment aspects of its multijurisdictional acquisition of US telecoms service provider Neutrona Networks, transferring its assets across multiple Latin American countries.
Labour and employment is one of the core practices at Aguascalientes-based firm Vega, Guerrero & Asociados, which also operates from offices located in Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, León, Querétaro and Mexico City. Considered by some to be ‘the best in the region’, the practice is led by Oziel Guerrero De Anda and regularly handles a wide gamut of employment matters including individual and collective dismissals, reorganisations, collective bargaining and employment litigation and dismissals. Associate Javier Ambriz, who garners praise for his litigation skills, is another name to note.
‘They are labour lawyers in Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí. They have a business sense and are bilingual, which helps us with international clients.’
‘The quality of service and excellent response time add value to their practice. The honesty and responsibility of its members is also a special feature of the firm.’
‘It is an innovative and disruptive team, always at the forefront of technical and regulatory criteria.’
‘Oziel Guerrero is an experienced labour lawyer, his technique and extensive knowledge in litigation allows him to give preventive consultations always with a very broad vision of the issues.’
‘Javier Ambriz has helped us a lot with his creativity in litigating high risk matters, he is a lawyer who always generates new ideas in legal proceedings.’
‘Luis Mario Quezada has supported us in complicated labour termination processes, always generating good results. Aldo Muñoz supports us with immigration matters.’
‘Oziel Guerrero, is outstanding and a great lawyer with a lot of knowledge in the labour area. They are the best in the region.’
Ascent (Active On Demand)
Asahi Sho-Ko-Sha México
- Advised Ascent Global Logistics on the legal processes to implement its new labour payroll scheme according to the last Mexican legislation and relevant amendments.
- Supported Veolia during a process to adjust its workforce preventing a labour contingency.
- Assisted Club Necaxa’s in-house legal team with the Covid-19 protocols to resume its games with fans-in-attendance in the Mexican Soccer League.